Dear Families, This is an exciting time of year with lots of busy activities. In social studies, we are studying the Midwest and are beginning to do research on important landmarks in that region of the United States. It is wonderful to collaborate with other colleagues such as our fabulous librarian and to incorporate language arts standards in social studies. In language arts class, we are working on identifying facts and opinions in stories and texts that we read. Facts are statements that can be proven while opinions can vary from person to person. We are also busy completing mid-year assessments as students are taking MAPS tests in language arts and math and are working on DRA assessments in language arts to determine midyear reading levels.